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by dave45
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 922

Re: Hops

Well, they are now planted. So we shall see.... only 6 feet away from the vigorous random hops growing out of the borderlands/wastelands. Hop poles and stringing to sort too. Looking forward to this.
by dave45
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: For all you Linux fans ...
Replies: 31
Views: 13634

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

I have a couple of Thinkpads too :-)
by dave45
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 922

Re: Hops

Ah well, I am gonna do it anyway... Chinook, Saaz and Willamette plants arrived yesterday!
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Keeving
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Keeving

e.g. if you get some cider to keeve - can you blend it with more juice and get that to keeve too? or does any blending kill the process?
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Keeving
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Keeving

Well I have tried Breton and Normandy ciders (in the champagne bottles) and they have been generally rather excellent. My homebrew ciders have been.. OK but far too dry. I think the problem is that making cider and trying to keeve it out of random apples is a bit high-risk. The batches I tried to ke...
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: For all you Linux fans ...
Replies: 31
Views: 13634

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Been using Ubuntu for the last 12 months since the Windows 10 telemetry backfed into Windows 7. It is faster, it doesn't auto-update when it wants to and I can manage most things. It dual boots so i can revert to Windows if i need to. (usually takes 20 minutes running its enforced updates before you...
by dave45
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Madeleine Angevine
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Madeleine Angevine

about 12 vines... they are really quite vigorous once they get going.... they don't like shade at all though.
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Keeving
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Keeving

Anyone had any success with keeving a natural cider? Last autumn I made two separate 2-gallon batches into 4 demijohns, tried the process - and only one out of four of them "keeved"... after racking off that was about 2/3rds of a gallon. The other three DJs fermented out as normal The keeved DJ is s...
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 37131

Re: Banish Plastic

Just by the by... in Bulgaria, just about every village house has a cellar full of bottled fruit and veggies. Home preserving is a way of life, and plastic free.
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Madeleine Angevine
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Madeleine Angevine

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by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Blackcurrants
Replies: 1
Views: 627

Blackcurrants

Can someone remind me why the Yanks don't do blackcurrants
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 30
Views: 8102

Re: rats in the chicken coop

Rat Update :

I am now up to Rat 61. .22 air rifle now.

Also using bait boxes and blue-grain poison bait which I keep in the greenhouse. The buggers invaded the greenhouse and chomped their way INTO the rat-poison bucket. Smart yes. But not that smart!
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 1
Views: 482

Sweetcorn

How long are sweetcorn seeds viable for?

I know they are all F1 and don't breed true, but I've done it before and it sort of worked OK... but I have some saved seeds from 2016....
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Madeleine Angevine
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Madeleine Angevine

Just for reference it is possible to grow these vines in Lancashire, outside. Last year I made a cracking 10 bottles (using an apple scratter to mince them up - 3 passes - and wild yeast) - plus a little chaptalisation (tate n lyle) to bring it up to 11.5% The result was marvellous, but better whils...
by dave45
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 922

Hops

Anyone growing hops in Lancashire latitudes ?

Got any tips?

I've had some random hop variety self-seeding/propagating in my garden for ages and I made some beer with them last year... now I want to grow a recognised variety.